Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

We remembered one of Jim Neidhart’s last WWF appearances when Shawn Michaels courted him to join DX.  He told Neidhart about how he used to carry Bret Hart and he became overlooked.  This may have been a scripted line, but in the early years of the Hart Foundation, it was actually true.

As Bret Hart struggled with promos, Neidhart was the charismatic, slightly demented mouth of the team.  His huge chest, and underrated wrestling skills were a fascinating match with his pointed goatee and cackling laugh.  At his best in a tag team, Neidhart’s star diminished greatly when Bret Hart’s career took off, and though the Anvil had other partners, he became a footnote rather than a star.  Neidhart would be on and off the mid card for the next few years often struggling to overcome his association to the Hit Man.  His body of work may not have been Hall of Fame material, but his tag team of the Hart Foundation may be.  Could it be enough for him to get inducted?

Should Jim Niedhart be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 97.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Who
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Reno, NV)
  • Key Championships Held: Mid South Tag Team w/Butch Reed
    NWA Southern Heavyweight (Florida)
    NWA United States Tag Team (Florida) w/Krusher Khruschev
    Stampede International Tag Team (2) (1w/Hercules Ayala, 1w/ Mr. Hito)
    WWF World Tag Team (2) w/Bret Hart
  • Why they will get in: The Hart association keeps improving his chances with each passing year.
  • Why they won't get in: He is considered the weak link of the Hart Foundation though perhaps not rightfully so.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Drew with the British Bulldogs proving that he and Hart were stars in their first ever encounter (4/27/85)
    2.  Pinned Davey Boy Smith in Los Angeles (10/17/86)
    3.  With Bret Hart won the WWF World Tag Team Title (1/26/87)
    4.  Regained the Tag Titles against Demolition (8/27/90)
    5.  Lost to Bret Hart in a World Title Shot in Montreal (10/21/94)

Should Jim Niedhart be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 97.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.1%

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+2 #1 Turd Burgler 2015-01-16 12:55
His "body of work" produced a DAMN fine womens' wrestler (note that I don't use the disgraceful term of "Diva" to discribe Natty), so with that alone his DNA continues to contribute to the betterment of the #WWEUniverse . Does he deserve it... "YEAH BABY, HA HA HA HA"!
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